Handful of Secondary School Sport volunteers recognised in Coach of the Year Nominations

Handful of Secondary School Sport volunteers recognised in Coach of the Year Nominations


Handful of Secondary School Sport volunteers recognised in Coach of the Year Nominations

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The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday. Coach of the Year Nominations are in - great to see a handful of Secondary School Sport Coaches.

Willie Banks

Banks is a high calibre basketball coach.  He give his all with great commitment and support for the teams he coaches, which shows in the team's results.  He took the Stratford High School senior boys side to win both the national and North Island championships at secondary school level, as well as winning teams at the regional level.

Che Tamati

Tamati is an extremely committed, talented and passionate netball coach.  His outstanding coaching record shows in his team's results. He has coached the Tysons to win the Taranaki premier title three seasons in a row - the latest season when the side remained unbeaten.  At the same time he coached the Taranaki Open representative team for two seasons in row with both seasons also unbeaten. He was named Netball Taranaki 2017 coach of the year.

Karen Gillum-Green 

Gillum-Green is incredibly passionate about helping people become better than their chosen disciplines in athletics and even more passionate about their growth as people. She is currently coaching 25 athletes (11 of which have achieved international and national results), including Hannah O'Connor, Letisha Pukaikai and Chris Devaney. Not only does she coach athletes,  she also organises and manages the majority of athletics related events and activities around the Taranaki region. Karen has also been the president of Athletics Taranaki for the past 25 years.

Colin Cooper 

Cooper is the most successful coach in the 132-year history of Taranaki Rugby. He has consistently delivered teams capable of reaching the semifinals of the top tier of provincial rugby in New Zealand. Cooper has won three major trophies in his time with Taranaki Rugby, including this season's win against Canterbury to lift the famous Ranfurly Shield.  He has also coached New Zealand Maori before he was appointed the Chiefs next coach.

Sue Southgate 

Southgate's coaching motto is "hard work pays off", and this is reflected in everything she does and in the athletes she coaches.  She is one of the top coaches in New Zealand Swimming and the only coach to have a swimmer in each international team this year. Sasha Reid represented NZ at the Australian Age Group Champs, Julian Weir represented NZ at the World University Games, Charlotte Webby represented NZ at the World Swimming champs. Zac Reid represented NZ at the Commonwealth Youth Games where he won the Gold Medal in the 1500m Freestyle event. He also got a Gold Medal in the 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. Sue has been instrumental in producing swimmers from within the region who choose to stay and train throughout their career in New Plymouth.

Joel Meuli 

Meuli is a role model for surf lifesaving coaches across the country. He competes and coaches at New Zealand representative level.  His commitment to coaching leds him to attend trainings sessions around the country during the off season. His leadership led the Taranaki Open team to third in the Representative Challenge.  Two young members of his squad - Claudia Kelly and Hannah Baker - were named in the national youth squad. Kelly also won nine medals at nationals to be the best performed under-16 female competitor.

Karla Ralph 

Ralph has worked tirelessly to put women's hockey in Taranaki on the map.  Her passion for the sport and for developing young players is clear.  She has coached rep teams, development teams and provided her expertise for Taranaki Hockey. In 2017 she coached three Taranaki young players to selection level for the Central Mysticks NHL squad, and two players to the New Zealand Under-I8 squad.  She also coached the Northern women's team to the Taranaki Championship in 2016 and 2017.

Graham Park 

Park coaches athletes at a high level nationally and internationally.  His ability as a coach to take a raw talent and direct them to get a substantial improvement in performance shows in the results achieved.  He has helped several to achieve world champion status overall and in their respective age group, including Sarai Hemera, Marilyn Morrison, Josh Hemera, Taryn Ryan, Vicki Feming, Tricia Stathers and Wiremu Winera. He is also currently coaching the Taranaki Youth Academy and is the Tri NZ A-group selector.


 - Stuff